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A 1972 Kent State University graduate and author of Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties, Thomas Grace, attends an authors visit on May 4, 2022.

Kent State bookstore hosts May 4 authors 

Morgan McGrath , Reporter May 4, 2022

The Kent State University bookstore was filled with students, staff and alumni on the morning of Wednesday, May 4, 2022.Long tables were covered in blue cloth with name tags of various authors, all of...

Members of Afrobeat dance group Asé Xpressions perform to a piece called “Fem” on Monday, May 2 at Severance Hall in Cleveland.

Kent State students, staff perform at Severance Music Hall in honor of May 4

Morgan McGrath, Senior Reporter May 3, 2022

Blue lights lit the backdrop at Cleveland’s Severance Hall as performers entered the stage on Monday, May 2. The audience sat in three collective rows – on the floor, or in the two balcony sections...

Members of Barefeet Dance Tribe perform at the closing ceremony for the Pan-African Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Pan-African Festival returns to Kent State after two-year hiatus 

Morgan McGrath, Reporter May 3, 2022
This year, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, Oscar Ritchie Hall proudly welcomed students, staff and alumni to their yearly Pan-African celebratory festival. “The Pan-African festival is one event that we use to really connect with our community and our alumni in this department,” said Shemariah Arki, an activist and assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies. 

Kent State fashion school director ‘no longer serving’ in position on eve of annual show

Morgan McGrath , Reporter April 28, 2022

In the week leading up to its Annual Fashion Show, the School of Fashion sent out an email stating that Louise Valentine “is no longer serving” as its director. In the email, sent on April 18...

Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. dine at the Kent State Student Center on Saturday, April 23, 2022 during the commemoration of the organizations founding.

Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma commemorate 50 years at Kent State

Morgan McGrath, Reporter April 24, 2022
50 years later, the historic Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma Greek organizations celebrated their monumental anniversary with a weekend full of activities at Kent State. Members of both organizations joined together Saturday on the third floor of the Student Center for food, music, dancing and celebration. 
Darren Bade speaks with members of the Kent Fire Department after aiding in a rescue mission on Saturday, April 23, 2022.  Bade, an associate professor at Kent State, was kayaking on Saturday when locals alerted him to a mother and daughter drowning further down the river. Bade helped the pair find land and waited with them until the fire department arrived.

Biology professor helps save mother, child from Cuyahoga River 

Zaria Johnson and Morgan McGrath April 23, 2022
Darren Bade planned to spend his Saturday evening kayaking in the Cuyahoga River. When the Kent State biology professor approached the stretch of the river south of the West Main Street bridge in Kent, his kayaking trip turned into a rescue mission.
Three Kent State students make for the fraternity houses with a box of drinks during the morning of Fake Paddys Day.

Frigid temperatures and 19 mph winds were no match for Fake Paddy’s Day party-goers

Gavin Mitten, Morgan McGrath, Reporters March 12, 2022

Students woke up to a blanket of snow covering Kent on Fake Paddy’s Day.  At 10 a.m., downtown bar employees shoveled snow, preparing for the rush of students eager to fill themselves with food and...

Ambassador Edward F. Crawford, the lead donor for the new building and the one whom the college will be named after, speaks to the audience about what led up to this moment.

Board of Trustees break ground at Crawford Hall

Morgan McGrath, Senior Reporter March 9, 2022

On Tuesday, March 8, Kent State’s Board of Trustees celebrated “the largest single gift” in its history with the groundbreaking ceremony for Crawford Hall.  The addition of Crawford Hall is part...

Plow tracks between Eastway and the MACC covered with fresh snow during the campus closure on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.

Snowfall presents issues for Kent State students navigating on and off campus

Not many people were walking around campus Thursday afternoon as frigid winds started to pick up and snow continued to fall. In preparation for the impending storm, the university canceled classes for...

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